Help Me Grow is a program that links families to existing, community-based resources and services for children at-risk for developmental, behavioral, or learning problems.
Help Me Grow is a free resource that is available to parents of children birth to five years old who reside in Anderson, Greenville, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Beaufort, Jasper, and Colleton counties. More counties coming soon!
If you are concerned about your child’s development, behavior, or learning our team can connect you to the appropriate early intervention service. If you are wondering about activities that will enhance your child’s development, we can help you find them. And, if you are looking for support or tips on parenting, we can help link you to those resources.
Know the Signs and Act Early
Watch your child
As a parent, you know your child best. Watch your child to see how he plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves.
Know about developmental milestones
How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about his development. Developmental milestones are things that most children do at a certain age. Milestones that mark a child’s development include:
Communication: the ability to use and understand language
Cognitive: the ability to understand cause and effect and to problem solve
Social & Emotional: the ability to manage one’s emotions and to relate to others
Motor: the ability to use large and small muscles for movement, balance, reaching, and grasping
Adaptive: the ability to engage in self-help skills such as toileting, eating, and dressing
Link to community resources
It is important that parents know how their children are developing. Children grow, develop, and learn throughout their lives and parents can help monitor their child’s development to make sure their child is meeting the milestones in each of the key areas. Every child is different and will develop at his own pace but if your child is not developing properly, you can take some steps to help your child reach his full potential. Help Me Grow can help parents identify their child’s developmental progress with a free developmental screening tool. If a developmental concern is identified, the Help Me Grow staff will link the family to appropriate community services and ensure connection to these services.
It is critical to identify developmental problems early. A child with an undetected developmental problem is more likely to perform poorly in school and to have more social issues than his peers. There is strong evidence that early intervention is most effective in improving developmental, academic, and social outcomes for children. The Help Me Grow staff is here to enable parents to be advocates for their children and will work together with parents to improve each child’s well-being.